You’re no doubt aware that Pope Benedict XVI has announced his upcoming resignation, becoming the first pontiff to step down in 598 years. I’ve taken a special interest in Benedict, though I’m not Catholic, because a friend of mine was vacationing in Italy back in 2005 when the search for a new pontiff was dominating the news there. That, of course, was after the death of Pope John Paul II. I’ve told you this story before, and I hope you don’t mind hearing it again as Pope Benedict prepares for retirement.
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